Bone conduction implant surgery

Find out about bone conduction implant surgery, including what happens and what to expect before and after your procedure.

Baha recipient isabella

What you’ll find on this page

  • Find out how bone conduction implant surgery is performed
  • Hear from others who have had the same experience
  • Learn about the recovery process

What happens during bone conduction implant surgery?

Getting a bone conduction implant is very similar to getting a dental implant. The approach and technique are much the same, and the operation is considered routine for most patients. Because there is no surgery on the actual ear (outer, middle or inner), there is little to no risk of damage to existing natural hearing.

Surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia. The implant is placed in the bone behind the ear. It then integrates with the bone (through a natural process known as osseointegration) to provide a stable foundation for the sound processor. After surgery, a protective dressing is applied to the implant area.

How long does a bone conduction implant operation take?

Getting a bone conduction implant is typically an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour.

How long does it take to recover from bone conduction implant surgery?

Most people are back to their normal activities within a few days. You or your loved one may want to take time off from work or activities for up to a week following the surgery to allow yourself time to adapt and the incision site to heal.

Your surgeon will make specific recommendations regarding postoperative care, and will require you to schedule a follow-up appointment 5-14 days post-surgery to check on the incision and progress.

Your doctor will let you know when the implant can be fitted with a sound processor, typically up to 12 weeks after surgery.

“Every parent fears when their child is going into surgery, but the doctors reassured us it was not invasive; it was an outpatient procedure.”

- Parents of Isabella W. - Baha® recipient

Your guide to preparing for surgery

Download this guide to get information on preparing for surgery, what to expect the day of surgery and the days leading up to your first fitting.

Your guide to preparing for surgery

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